Austrian Open 2021: Your form guide for Diamond Country Club

Diamond Country Club has been part of the European Tour since 2010
Diamond Country Club is a modern parkland course around 20 miles outside Vienna

This week's Austrian Open will be the first European Tour event to be staged on the continent of Europe since last October. Words and stats by Andy Swales...

"The California-born pro recently returned to the world's top 100 following a series of decent performances during the past three months. In addition to a runner-up finish in Kenya, Kitayama registered a brace of top-20s in Dubai and Saudi Arabia - two significantly stronger fields."

It's Austria to the rescue for the second year in a row.

Amid yet another scheduling nightmare for the European Tour, which led to the scrapping of the Portugal Masters, the Austrian Golf Federation has jumped in at short notice to stage this week's event at Diamond Country Club in Atzenbrugg.

After the tournament at Vilamoura was called off due to ongoing travel difficulties because of Covid-19, the Tour re-arranged the calendar to accommodate the Austrian Open.

Last July, Diamond Country Club also made an unexpected appearance on the schedule and was the first tournament to be staged following the initial Global lockdown.

In 2020, Austria's national open ended four months of inactivity on the European Tour.

Keith Pelley, chief executive of the European Tour, said: "Throughout the pandemic, we have had to be agile with our scheduling.

"So we are naturally grateful once again to Diamond Country Club and the Austrian Golf Federation."

On the tee

Unfortunately, but not unexpectedly, this week's event is largely a tournament consisting of rank and file members of the European Tour.

Just five of the world's top 100 golfers are teeing-up but there's a sprinkling of young talent in the field too.

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'Top seed' is world No 82 Thomas Detry. The Belgian is yet to win on the European Tour but has been knocking on the door for the past few years with seven podium finishes to date.

He's posted a couple of top-10s this calendar year and tied-eighth at Diamond in 2020.

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Two young up-and-coming Europeans to have tasted victory in the past are Rasmus Hojgaard and Sam Horsfield.

Both have won twice during the last 18 months, with Horsfield posting back-to-back top-10s in Kenya recently - his only two outings of 2021 so far.

And 28-year-old American Kurt Kitayama is another two-time winner on the European Tour.

The California-born pro recently returned to the world's top 100 following a series of decent performances during the past three months.

In addition to a runner-up finish in Kenya, Kitayama registered a brace of top-20s in Dubai and Saudi Arabia - two significantly stronger fields.

African challenge

In tournaments of this stature, the South African challenge should always be taken seriously.

Garrick Higgo, Justin Harding, Dean Burmester and Jacques Kruyswijk are competing in Austria, with Harding a winner already this year on Tour.

And if experience is going to be important this week, then three players with decent Diamond Country Club histories are Joost Luiten, Dave Horsey and Chris Wood.

Finally, if you're looking for an outsider, then Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia may be ready to register a maiden victory.

The 32-year-old Spaniard is a late developer who has worked his way through the Alpine and Challenge tours, to reach where he is now.

He was fourth in last month's Kenya Open and occupied an identical position in this event last year.

Course details

Diamond Country Club, which is located around 20 miles north-west of the Austrian capital Vienna, will be staging a European Tour event for the 11th time.

Opened 21 years ago, Diamond's championship layout is a flat parkland course where water comes into play on nine holes.

There are also a handful of tricky dog-legs and interesting risk/reward opportunities to encounter en route from the first tee to the clubhouse.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

Note: Diamond did not host European Tour event in 2019.

Last 10 Weeks / Diamond Form (2010-20)

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W15 W14 W13 W12 W11 W10 W9 W8 W7 W6
Thomas Detry 13 9 28 53
Rasmus Hojgaard MC 67 6
Sam Horsfield 3 8
Kurt Kitayama MC 2 9 12
Martin Kaymer MC 18
Matthias Schwab 7 52 71 41
Garrick Higgo MC 16 19 11 MC
Justin Harding 14 1 MC 41
John Catlin MC 28 42 MC
Adri Arnaus Wd MC
Callum Shinkwin 28
Dean Burmester MC 8 Wd 2 41
Renato Paratore MC MC
Benjamin Hebert 70 58 MC
Masahiro Kawamura 14 MC MC 50
Joost Luiten 7 41 MC 41
Ondrej Lieser 30 33
Sean Crocker 35 12
Marcus Armitage 10 MC 47
Wil Besseling 48 MC 47
Richard Bland MC 52 MC
Matthew Jordan Wd
Adrian Meronk MC 47 MC
Scott Jamieson 42 MC
Nicolas Colsaerts MC
Sebastian Heisele MC
Pep Angles MC 8
Ross Fisher MC 53
Andrew Johnston MC
Dave Horsey 12
Niklas Lemke 14 33 9
Jeff Winther 14 33
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia 14 4 MC
Justin Walters 12 35 41
Maverick Antcliff 48 MC 19 7 16
Richard Mansell MC MC
Alexander Bjork 19 MC
Jacques Kruyswijk 5 5 6 11
Jack Senior 48 28 35
Oliver Farr MC MC MC
Ashun Wu 33
Dale Whitnell 38 41 28
Nino Bertasio 10 12 19 MC
Grant Forrest MC 33 19 MC
Adrien Saddier MC MC MC
Darius Van Driel 10 52 MC
Louis De Jager 20 33 42 27
Hurly Long 63 MC
Marcel Schneider MC 28
David Drysdale 5 MC 28 MC
Robin Sciot-Siegrist 30 65 MC
Jonathan Caldwell 57 MC MC
Rhys Enoch 20 MC 47 1
Shubhankar Sharma 30 MC 28 MC
Matthieu Pavon 38 MC 35 53
Matt Ford MC 52
Aaron Cockerill 28 52 MC
James Morrison 28 MC MC 41
Joel Sjoholm
Cormac Sharvin 48 MC 64 21
Lorenzo Gagli MC 52 28 MC
Yikeun Chang MC MC 19
Robin Roussel MC MC MC
Zander Lombard MC Wd MC MC MC
Bryce Easton
Craig Howie MC
Ewen Ferguson MC MC MC
Matthew Baldwin MC
Bernd Ritthammer MC 33 MC
Rikard Karlberg MC 65 MC
Julien Guerrier 48 62 75
Nacho Elvira 68 MC
Lucas Bjerregaard 57 MC MC
Garrick Porteous 38 16 MC
Lars Van Meijel 48 65 14
Julian Suri 66 MC 50 50
Maximilian Kieffer 48 33 50 29
Damien Perrier MC 52
Emilio Cuartero Blanco 63 MC
Soren Kjeldsen 69 47 MC 12
Tyler Koivisto MC MC
Anton Karlsson MC MC
Lukas Nemecz
Clement Sordet 48 MC MC
Dave Coupland 63 MC 62
Ajeetesh Sandhu
Edoardo Molinari MC MC MC MC
Martin Simonsen 70
Ashley Chesters 14 52 42 MC
Nicolai Hojgaard MC MC
Philip Eriksson
Ricardo Santos 67 33 35
Deyen Lawson 23 2 43 45 MC
SSP Chawrasia MC MC MC
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen 38
Sihwan Kim 57 MC MC
Harry Ellis
Toby Tree 30 65 58
Alejandro Canizares 20 MC 58
Liam Johnston 26 MC
Richard McEvoy MC 28 5 MC
Marcel Siem
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano 14 MC 50
Lorenzo Scalise 30 62
Haydn Porteous MC 73 MC MC
Jean-Baptiste Gonnet 5 MC
Benjamin Poke MC 41 MC
Jake McLeod 26 MC 16
Jordan Wrisdale
Ben Evans 57 41
Carlos Pigem MC MC MC
Alejandro Del Rey
Lee Slattery 20 76 MC
Max Schmitt MC MC
Pedro Oriol
Daniel Young 57
Gavin Moynihan MC MC
Berry Henson MC
Pedro Figueiredo MC MC 50
Martin Wiegele
Aron Zemmer
Paul Dunne MC MC
Daniel Gavins
Janne Kaske 19
Alexander Kopp
Eduardo De La Riva
David Law MC MC 35 76
Timon Baltl
Chase Hanna
David Howell 48 MC MC MC
Niklas Regner
Chris Wood 64 MC
Tom Gandy
Stanislav Matus
Austin Bautista
David Ravetto
Thomas Thurloway
Euan Walker
Maximilian Lechner
Laurenz Kubin
Christoph Bleier
Todd Clements
Sam Broadhurst
Alexander Knappe
Hugo Dobson
Player `20 `18 `17 `16 `15 `14 `13 `12 `11 `10
Thomas Detry 8 MC
Rasmus Hojgaard
Sam Horsfield
Kurt Kitayama
Martin Kaymer
Matthias Schwab 12 43 14 MC 45 32
Garrick Higgo
Justin Harding
John Catlin 8
Adri Arnaus 62
Callum Shinkwin MC 59
Dean Burmester 38
Renato Paratore 15 MC 32
Benjamin Hebert MC 38 6 45 45
Masahiro Kawamura
Joost Luiten 18 7 6 3 1 3
Ondrej Lieser 44
Sean Crocker
Marcus Armitage MC 47
Wil Besseling 3 53
Richard Bland 64 31 52 42 36 8 39
Matthew Jordan
Adrian Meronk MC
Scott Jamieson 42 11 8
Nicolas Colsaerts MC 3 66 MC
Sebastian Heisele MC MC* MC
Pep Angles MC Ret
Ross Fisher
Andrew Johnston MC
Dave Horsey 7 2 31 38 9 MC MC
Niklas Lemke MC
Jeff Winther 30 MC MC
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia 4 MC
Justin Walters 3 MC 45 MC
Maverick Antcliff
Richard Mansell MC
Alexander Bjork 15
Jacques Kruyswijk
Jack Senior MC
Oliver Farr 7 MC
Ashun Wu 47 10 1
Dale Whitnell MC
Nino Bertasio Wd 10 19
Grant Forrest 23
Adrien Saddier 18 MC Ret
Darius Van Driel 4
Louis De Jager MC
Hurly Long 34
Marcel Schneider 2 MC 38 MC
David Drysdale MC 38 36 15 36 MC
Robin Sciot-Siegrist MC
Jonathan Caldwell MC
Rhys Enoch MC
Shubhankar Sharma
Matthieu Pavon
Matt Ford 18 MC MC 59 MC
Aaron Cockerill
James Morrison MC 4 32 MC
Joel Sjoholm 44 MC MC 21
Cormac Sharvin
Lorenzo Gagli 25 23 MC 10 MC
Yikeun Chang
Robin Roussel 62
Zander Lombard MC 43 5
Bryce Easton
Craig Howie 4
Ewen Ferguson MC
Matthew Baldwin 31 MC 23 MC 12 25
Bernd Ritthammer 18 50 MC MC
Rikard Karlberg 34 MC 25 MC 4
Julien Guerrier MC MC 61
Nacho Elvira MC MC
Lucas Bjerregaard 7 MC
Garrick Porteous Ret 32
Lars Van Meijel MC
Julian Suri 23
Maximilian Kieffer 55 20 22 MC
Damien Perrier MC MC
Emilio Cuartero Blanco MC
Soren Kjeldsen 23 MC MC
Tyler Koivisto
Anton Karlsson 55 MC
Lukas Nemecz 34 50 MC 38 73 42 43 49 MC MC
Clement Sordet
Dave Coupland 11
Ajeetesh Sandhu MC
Edoardo Molinari 55
Martin Simonsen 39
Ashley Chesters 7 28
Nicolai Hojgaard 44
Philip Eriksson 8
Ricardo Santos 52 52 66 60 33
Deyen Lawson 31
SSP Chawrasia MC
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen 15
Sihwan Kim MC 9 MC
Harry Ellis
Toby Tree
Alejandro Canizares MC
Liam Johnston MC
Richard McEvoy MC 5 3 38 47 MC
Marcel Siem 23
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano 21 15
Lorenzo Scalise 72
Haydn Porteous Ret 38
Jean-Baptiste Gonnet Wd 36
Benjamin Poke
Jake McLeod
Jordan Wrisdale 25
Ben Evans MC MC 63 MC
Carlos Pigem 23 MC 28 26 52
Alejandro Del Rey
Lee Slattery 19 MC 42 32 4 9 54
Max Schmitt 67
Pedro Oriol 39 MC 51 11 MC
Daniel Young
Gavin Moynihan 55 MC
Berry Henson 17
Pedro Figueiredo
Martin Wiegele MC 36 39 MC
Aron Zemmer 39
Paul Dunne MC
Daniel Gavins MC 59
Janne Kaske MC
Alexander Kopp
Eduardo De La Riva 34 MC 10 MC 7 7 40
David Law
Timon Baltl MC MC MC MC
Chase Hanna 39
David Howell 31
Niklas Regner MC
Chris Wood 6 1 12
Tom Gandy
Stanislav Matus MC MC
Austin Bautista
David Ravetto
Thomas Thurloway
Euan Walker
Maximilian Lechner
Laurenz Kubin MC
Christoph Bleier
Todd Clements 44
Sam Broadhurst
Alexander Knappe 62 MC
Hugo Dobson

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